The Roundup 22.04.18
It can be tough, when faced with the eat-sleep-work-repeat grind, to keep on top of capital C Culture. That's why, every Sunday, the Tung team has a lil tete-a-tete in which we discuss all the podcasts, articles, songs, films, and TV we've loved over the past week. We choose our favourites and package them up in The Roundup to save you the legwork.
READ: ‘We’re all just as scared as each other. That’s OK’ by Tessa Coates in The Pool
Gotta say, I’m a big fan of Tessa Coates in general. She’s one half of the duo behind the Debrief Podcast and as such is one-half responsible for some mega embarrassing Tuesday morning tube snorts. This piece — a reflection on facing your fears and just getting on with it — was just what I needed to read this week. She literally did a solo show at Edinburgh last year, so she knows what she’s talking about re putting the self-consciousness to one side and just doing the thing.
Read Tessa's piece here.
LISTEN: Kelsey Lu ‘Shades of Blue’
God, what a dream this new single is. I first got to know Kelsey Lu’s music through her 2016 EP Church, in which she pairs her ethereal voice with expansive, sonorous cello. On ‘Shades of Blue’ she’s moved away, for a moment, from the solo cello and into guitar-led sound. It’s a meditation on the glimmers of hope that shine through in difficult times, and is the perfect winding track to listen to lounging in the grass on a hot day.
Listen to the song here.
READ: Lullaby by Leila Slimani
Shout out to social media for making this one pretty hard to ignore. It’s seemed, over the past few months, that every podcaster, Instagrammer, Tweeter and each of their respective dogs had devoured Franco-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani’s Lullaby, so who was I to buck the trend? I’m glad I succumbed to the peer pressure. It’s a short, sharp stab to the gut, as incisive on white middle-class guilt as it is harrowing loneliness.
Buy the book here.
OTHER PIECES OF NOTE...
This piece in The Guardian about one woman's year-long accrual of a literal mountain of plastic.
This piece in The Newstatesman by Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl on the saturation of male music critics and the gendered descriptions of women in bands (and, everywhere else).
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